Quote: Faith, the Antidote for Worry


My husband is quite a worrier, so when I came across this passage in Dean Koontz’s Odd Apocalypse, I had to jot it down to read to him later.

 The scene: These are Odd’s thoughts as he is hiding in a storage bin in a stable, trying to suppress a sneeze and hoping not to be discovered by the yet-unknown menacing creatures.

Without faith to act as a governor, the human mind is a runaway worry generator, a dynamo of negative expectations. And because your life is yours to shape as you wish with free will, if you entertain too much anxiety about too many things, if you place no trust in providence, what you fear will more often come to pass. We make so many of our own troubles, from mere mishaps to disasters, by dwelling on the possibility of them until the possible becomes inevitable.

…hope and trust will more reliably keep a man afloat, while fear is more likely to sink him.

As for myself, I don’t worry like this. Rather the opposite; I map out elaborate scenarios and build things up in my mind so much that reality never quite lives up to the fantasy I create.

This morning I was thinking that the worrier mentality would be preferable. At least when things turn out better than what you worried about, you can relax and be relieved. I end up being disappointed often in life because things usually don’t turn out as grand as I have imagined them.

Fortunately, both of us do have our lives grounded in faith, so our worries and imaginings don’t get too carried away in fear.

Worry Hands

I like this image for this post because these same hands that are wrung in worry could be so easily transformed into hands clasped in prayer.
“Worry” by loco’s photos on Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

What about you? Are you a worrier, a fantasizer, or something else?


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  1. Betty Prida says:

    I try to remember that when we worry we are not trusting God. He has not given us a spirit of fear but a sound mind. Not always easy but good to remember.

  2. Shelley says:

    This is a great post, love Koontz’s words. They are so true.

    I’m a worrier first most of the time and then I think, “duh! God is still in control” and I turn to my faith and the Bible to get my head screwed on straight. Once I take a step to regain control over my life by choosing a reaction vs. letting emotion make the choices for me, I calm down, even if the situation at hand is troublesome.

    I have been reflecting lately during my devotional time on what Betty said about worry being a lack of faith. She is correct about that, and correct about it not always being easy to remember. We just have to practice having faith over and over again when we catch ourselves worrying so that eventually, having faith become the automatic response.

    Philippians 4:6-7
    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

  3. Sue says:

    Great comments, ladies. Thanks for taking the time!

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